Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced a new line of gaming laptops designed for gamers on the go. The new Strix gaming laptops are powered by Intel’s Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB of 2,400MHz DDR4, and a GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics card. Storage options range from a 1TB Seagate FireCuda solid state hybrid drive all the way up to an M.2 256GB SSD paired with a secondary 1TB 5400rpm hard drive.
The Strix gaming laptops also feature a plethora of ports. On the left side of the laptop you will find a gigabit Ethernet jack, a pair of USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a 3.5mm audio jack and a single mini DisplayPort. The right side of the chassis is home to a SD card reader, lock, a single USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, one USB 3.1 and one USB 2.0 port. Wireless connectivity is handled via 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.
Screen size options range from 15.6" up to 17.3" full HD IPS anti-glare LED-backlit displays. Audio is handled by a pair of stereo speakers with a built-in smart amplifier. The Aura RGB lit keyboard features four zones of lighting control, four isolated hotkeys, 1.8mm key travel, and anti-ghosting technology. Other features include an HD camera, precision touchpad, and a 4-cell 64 WHr battery.
|Intel Core i7-7700HQ|
|16GB DDR4 2400MHz|
|15.6" Full HD IPS Panel||17.3" Full HD IPS Panel|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5|
|1TB SSHD (8GB Cache)||M.2 256GB SSD1TB 5400rpm HDD||1TB SSHD (8GB Cache)||M.2 256GB SSD1TB 5400rpm HDD|
|1 x Microphone-in / Headphone-out jack 1 x Type C USB3.1 GEN1 4 x USB 3.0 ports Type A 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack 1 x HDMI 1 x mini Display Port|
|Integrated 802.11 AC (2x2) 10/100/1000 Base T Built-in Bluetooth V4.2|
|4 Cells 64 Whrs Battery|
|15.12 x 10.32 x 0.9”||16.34 x 11.02 x 0.95"|
|5.07 lb||6.4 lb|
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2yrs ago my alienware 17 r3 was $1800...now that gtx970m is nothing. smh fml best buy gimme my $$ backReply
Still can't touch my P170EM. 3720QM, 7970M, 16GB, beastly.Reply
Have to wonder why they didn't go with a 1050 ti or at least offer other GPU options. It's got solid specs otherwise, and competitive pricing particularly considering IPS screens. The 1050 is the big sticking point.Reply
What about gsync?Reply
I would consider a buy with a minimum of GTX 1050 Ti/1060, but only a GTX 1050, not worth it, IMHO.Reply
Interesting considering that my laptop with a i5-6300q and a 1060 3gb cost $1,249 (though I got it on Black Friday for $799, it's regular price is much cheaper now that Kaby is out)Reply
I learned a while ago that in most laptops, the GPU becomes a bottleneck long before the CPU (assuming you're not buying a low end laptop). I'm sure the 1060 in my laptop will struggle long before the i5 becomes a limiting factor.
I realize that the design and manufacturing of these things takes quite a long time, so by the time they got to the point of no return on this laptop they probably did not yet know that they would be launching this when Intel was just a month or two away from releasing the 8th gen processors, but I feel like we are already in the window where most computer buyers would prefer to wait for it. Sort of a doomed product.Reply
What's the difference between This one and the 553vd?? The hybrid drive?? or that slower HDD??? Is that a big change??? idk...Reply
Im not a laptop saavy person, but why wouldnt they wait and use the Laptop Coffee Lake Cpus?Reply
They have these with 1060s, there is also a thick version of the GL703 with a gtx1080Reply